How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the current web site hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most webspace hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)
Are you becoming confused? We clearly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Weak Point No.3: An absolute absence of domain name management options
Do we have to cite the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the billing system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...